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1940

Arthur Hagelstein turned 100 in March. As a physician, he served with the U.S. Navy Office of Medical Research, worked for the Veterans Administration, as a foreign service officer for the State Department, and for Saudi Aramco in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. His career highlight was visiting and working with Dr. Albert Schweitzer at his clinic in Gabon. To read more about Hagelstein’s life, go to: UMassAlumni.com/classnotes.

1967

Charles Seavey writes: “I left UMass and New England 50 years ago. Since then, I’ve been an intelligence officer, a librarian, a professor, and teacher. I’ve finally retired and returned to Massachusetts, back to Rockport, where I grew up.

1971, 1985EdD

Douglass Teschner returned home to New Hampshire after nine years as a Peace Corps country director and senior adviser in Ukraine, Morocco, and four West African nations.

1971G, 1974G

Jack W. Berryman, the men’s varsity soccer coach at UMass from 1971 to 1972, received the 2017 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine for his lifetime achievements in the history of sports, sports medicine, and exercise science. He also received the Roderick Haig-Brown literary award from Fly Fishers International for his writings that “embody the philosophy and spirit of fly fishing ethics, conservation, and the rich history of the sport.” Berryman retired in 2015 as professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine after 40 years of service.

1972, 1973G

Gary C. Menin Sr. has been named director of the Massachusetts chapter of Raptors Are the Solution (RATS). RATS educates people about the ecological role of birds of prey in urban and wild areas and about the danger they face from the use of rat poison.

1972, 1974G

Norman Phillips (USAF, ret.) is the subject of a 2017 biopic by Star Island Films called An American Solo. Raised by his illiterate, immigrant grandparents, Phillips was a decorated World War II fighter pilot, mentor to future astronauts, UMass student (at age 48) artist, teacher, and novelist. He was also an instructor of sculpture at UMass. Still vital and vibrant at age 96, Phillips now lives in Stratham, New Hampshire.

1973G

Daniel Kennedy, who has a communications consultancy in New York, was honored by the Global Medical Relief Fund for his 20 years of humanitarian work for the charity, which aids seriously injured and maimed children from around the world. He has worked on behalf of the charity since its inception in 1997 and serves on its advisory board. 

1974G

David Hornfischer writes, “After retiring following a 25-year career as the CFO at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, I now produce and host Framingham Fan to Fan, a sports interview show on Access Framingham TV, where I am also the board’s treasurer. 

1975, 1976, 1990

Don Spearance ’75, ’85G, ’00G (left) of Sunderland, Massachusetts, and Mark Snyder ’76 (right) of Geneva, Illinois, recently dropped in on the Homestead, Florida, office of Pedro Ramos ’90 (center), superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. “Pedro has a very interesting history from his early days in Puerto Rico to why he chose UMass and his career path afterward,” says Spearance.

1976G, 1989G, 1993PhD

Irma McClaurin was featured in the spring issue of Ms. magazine. McClaurin explains why she established the Irma McClaurin Black Feminist Archive in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Department of Special Collec-tions and University Archives and the Du Bois Center.

1976

Liz Shapiro Murphy says after 42 years, she is still enjoying the diverse paths her degree in interior design presented. After working for 20 years in commercial interior design and property management in the Boston area, she moved to Pittsburgh in 1996 and formed Liz Murphy Design LLC.

1978

Carl Dambman wrestled under the coaching of Homer Barr at UMass, winning two New England Conference titles while studying BDIC “Christian Community.” In 1976, he made his first Olympic team as an alternate at heavyweight in Greco-Roman wrestling. He was also on the 1980 USA team, which boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Serving with Athletes in Action (AIA) as an official Olympic chaplain, he has 18 Olympics under his belt. After 32 years in Europe, including 20 in Moscow, he is now living near Seattle and is on the AIA International Sport Chaplaincy team. He and his wife have three children born in Vienna and four grandchildren.

1981

Marj Press, founding member and co-owner of the Seattle restaurant Terra Plata, was elected director at large of the American Planning Association.

1982

Richard Donahue, a lawyer and senior vice president of AmWINS Program Under-writers, was elected to the board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Donahue served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Saints Memorial Medical Center and president of the Northern Essex Community College Foundation. Niki Leondakis became the CEO of Equinox fitness clubs in 2017. She has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including 20 years with Kimpton Hotels, where she was president and chief operating officer of the $1 billion boutique hotel company. Equinox operates 86 upscale, full-service clubs nationally and internationally.

1984PhD

Bradley Klein a veteran golf travel, history, and architecture journalist, has joined Golf Channel’s editorial team as senior writer for Golf Advisor. Klein has more than 40 years of varied experiences within the game of golf—a career that began as a caddie on the PGA Tour. He most recently served as the longtime architecture editor for Golfweek magazine and the founding editor of Superintendent News.

1984

Scott Pfeninger retired after 36 years with the National Parks Service. His fondest memories of UMass are times spent with the Outing Club. Pfeninger’s assignments took him from Mount Ranier National Park to Cape Cod National Seashore, Statue of Liberty National Monument, Virgin Islands National Park, and more. He and his spouse, Allyson, will retire to Westport, Massachusetts, and reside near his boyhood home. He may be reached at smpfen@hotmail.com.

1985

Kevin Moriarty, professor of surgery and pediatrics of the newly formed University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate, was promoted to surgeon in chief of Baystate Children’s Hospital. He has been on staff for over 20 years. 

1986, 1996PhD

Marcy (Krich) Tanter of Tarleton State University has been selected a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea, where she’ll teach the works of Emily Dickinson and other American women poets at Dongguk University in 2018.

1989

Patricia Deangelis joined Murtha Cullina LLP as counsel in the business and finance department. In 2017, she was a recipient of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Top Women in Law” award.

1990

Steven D. Spitz, DMD, founder of Smile-boston, has been honored as one of four top dentists on a list of top doctors by Boston magazine this year.

1992

Nessa Richman has been named the network director of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council. The council, established in 2011, promotes a more accessible, equitable, and sustainable food system in Rhode Island.

1993

David Marcus has been promoted to partner of the certified public accounting firm Samet & Company. Marcus joined Samet in 2011 as a tax manager and was promoted to director in 2014.

2003

Sky MacMunn returned to New York City after spending three years in L.A., where he trained in dance and performed with choreographer Ryan Heffington (of pop star Sia fame). Sky is training at the Mark Morris Dance Center and figure skating at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, while working full time for a Jewish nonprofit in Chelsea.  Erica Mattison has relocated from Boston to Portland, Oregon, to become executive director of Depave. This nonprofit organi­zation promotes the transformation of overpaved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. Michal Tarselli and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter, Maia Jane, born March 2, 2018. Mike writes: “Maia has already made her first trip to the UMass campus—at six weeks—which bests my visiting when I was just five years old.”

2006G

Lena Bloch and her quartet, Feathery, perform their original jazz in New York City and Brooklyn concert spaces and jazz clubs. The quartet released its album Heart Knows in 2017 (Fresh Sound Records) and was selected to perform at the showcase for the 40th National Chamber Music Conference in New York City (2018). 

2008G, 2009PhD

Lori Bindig and Bill Yousman ’04 PhD (communication), received the 2017 Cornerstone Author Award from Sage Publishing for their work as the new editors of Gender, Race, and Class in Media: A Critical Reader, 5th edition (2017). The Cornerstone Author Award honors first-rate scholarship, quality writing, and lasting impact of the work. 

2013

Shana Frenkel is the acting director at Innerworks Counseling in Annapolis, Maryland. She works with high school students and military families, particularly in matters involving post-traumatic stress. Frenkel was interviewed on Fox5 News in the aftermath of the March shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland.

2017

Bahiya Nasuuna completed a year of public service in education as a City Year Boston AmeriCorps member. Members serve as critical mentors, tutors, and role models in 23 Boston public schools. Nasuuna served at Charlestown High School.